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Git and Sow Management Guidelines - PIC

BATCH FARROWING

Batch farrowing is the concentration of farrowings in a specific week. It is important to understand the potential benefits and costs required for the execution of a batch farrowing flow to ensure the return exceeds the investment. This section summarizes pros and cons of batch farrowing as well as best practices to optimize performance in systems that farrow in batches.

Git and Sow Management Guidelines - PIC

TYPE OF BATCHES
Although it is possible to have batch farrowing in 2, 3, 4, and 5 weeks flow, the most common are the 3 and 4 weeks flow. The resulting lactation length and differences among space and flow will impact the decision of which one to implement.

Git and Sow Management Guidelines - PIC

RECONVERTING FROM WEEKLY FLOW TO BATCH FARROWING
When changing from weekly flow to batch farrowing, some processes will have to be changed as well. Prior to implementation, it is important to check the points in the checklist below to avoid getting surprises of unexpected struggles that can jeopardize the process.

CHECK-LIST KEY POINTS TO CHECK PRIOR TO BATCH FARROWING IMPLEMENTATION

  • Coordinate with semen supplier to ensure the larger number of doses will be available and supplied in a shorter time.
  • Ensure that there is enough semen cooler storage capacity to hold the large number of doses the farm will need in the insemination period.
  • Check the necessity of extra space in gestation to wean a larger number of sows per time than usual.
  • Check water availability to account for all the water needed to power wash the rooms at once.
  • Make sure electric circuit is able to handle more power washers than usual at once.
  • Consider lactation feed bins to account for differences in feed intake pattern.
  • If synchronizing animals with synthetic progestagen, have a clear plan about how and where to utilize it.

KEY POINTS
The key points below are crucial to the success of batch farrowing in a sow farm. Generally speaking, proper husbandry practices continue to be important to the success of the flow.

Git and Sow Management Guidelines - PIC
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